How one utility CEO stopped worrying and learned to love restructuring: The Massachusetts Electric Story

The Massachusetts Electric story, by EnergyFreedomCO.org Retail electricity restructuring – replacing a monopoly utility system with consumer choice of electricity provider – follows a different path in each state.  This account of how restructuring happened in Massachusetts, as told by a key facilitator, is particularly interesting because it was strongly supported by the CEO of one of the state’s largest monopoly utilities. …

Scientists assessed the options for growing nuclear power. They are grim.

By David Roberts Jul 11, 2018, vox.com An “SMR control room simulator” from NuScale Power.  NuScale Is nuclear power going to help the United States decarbonize its energy supply and fight climate change? Probably not. That is the conclusion of a remarkable new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in early July — remarkable because it is not written by opponents of …

Natural gas plants are now uncompetitive as a longterm investment

Shutterstock By David Roberts, Vox.com 16 July 2018 For around 10 years, the conventional wisdom in the energy sector has been that natural gas is ascendant. Coal is dirty, and it’s getting expensive, but it’s too early to jump all the way to renewable energy. To get from the fossil fuel present to the renewable future, we will need … …

Three big energy changes that are a surprise to most people

Since, 2007, the price of electricity has gone down, along with the price of clothing and wireless phone service.  Unsurprisingly, health care, cable TV and many other services Americans use regularly have become more expensive over the last 10 years. But that is not true of electricity — an essential service. The average retail price of electricity in the United …

Social Cost Of Coal Must Now Be Considered By Washington Utilities

June 1st, 2018 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Planetsave. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has issued a directive to three utility companies in the state telling them to include the social cost of coal in their future planning. Under the new guidelines, the cost of coal calculation will be $42 per metric ton by 2020 and rise to $60 per metric ton …

Largest virtual solar power plant in the world involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across Australian state

The virtual power plant involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across the state over the next four years. The setup would be installed at no charge to the households and financed through the sale of electricity. Participants would save an estimated 30 percent on their power bills. …

Scientists draft another paper on how 100% renewables is possible and affordable

Is it possible for the world to run on 100 percent renewable energy? It’s a noble goal, as the best science tells us we must significantly slash fossil fuel consumption or else the planet faces dangerous climate change. A number of academics believe it’s not only feasible to wean off coal, natural gas and other polluting fuels by transitioning to renewable sources such as solar and wind power, it’s even …

Appalachia’s struggling coal communities find hope in transition to clean energy: Solar company founder wants to prevent migration of West Virginians in need of jobs

By Mark Hand on Clean Technica, May 11, 2018 A ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, FORMERLY HEADQUARTERED IN CALIFORNIA, SELECTED PIKEVILLE, KENTUCKY, AS THE SITE FOR A NEW BATTERY MANUFACTURING PLANT. CREDIT: SCREENSHOT/OFFICE OF GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY An energy technology company’s decision to open a new manufacturing facility in Pikeville, Kentucky, the heart of Appalachia coal country, has delivered a ray of hope to …

Renewable Energy Industry Adds Half A Million Jobs In 2017, Surpasses 10 Million Worldwide

May 9th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica and IRENA The renewable energy industry employed more than 10 million people in 2017, according to new figures published this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency, thereby surpassing the 10 million jobs figure for the first time thanks to an addition of more than 500,000 new jobs around the world. The International Renewable …

Green schools

Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner Green School Bali Is Raising A Generation Of World Changers April 28th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica  Turning down the bumpy dirt road, it was not clear what, if anything, was at the end but we continued, albeit at a slower pace than we had enjoyed on the paved road. Rounding the bend revealed a checkpoint where …